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CYPRESS, Calif. (BRAIN) — Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, has hired two new field marketing and sales representatives to support its Power Assist Bicycle product line rollout and help develop its network of traditional bicycle dealers and specialty e-bike shops.

SAUSALITO, Calif. (BRAIN) — True Communications has hired Andrew Bernstein, a former gear editor, senior marketing manager and sales account manager at Bicycling magazine.

Tagged People
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WEST COVINA, Calif. (BRAIN) — Foldaway Solutions, which distributes Oyama Bicycles, Uniche and BTP Bar Tape, is working with BionX Canada's battery supplier to provide replacement batteries for its e-bike conversion kits following the company's bankruptcy and resulting sale of some of its assets earlier in June.

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Retailer education provider Mann University will return to Interbike with a two-part seminar titled "Inventory Planning for Bicycle Retailers." Each 90-minute Mann U Lunch & Learn session will occur from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18, and Wednesday, Sept.

Tagged Interbike / Retailer education
Updated with comment from Giro.

BLACKSBURG, Va. (BRAIN) — Virginia Tech and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have collaborated on a bike helmet rating system based on its own laboratory testing.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (BRAIN) — Quality Bicycle Products is opening two 3PL warehouses in Canada and will stocking Salsa, Surly, All-City, Teravail tires, 45NRTH, Whisky Parts Co. products, and iSSi pedals there starting in February 2019.

Tagged Distributor news

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (BRAIN) — Selene Yeager, better known as "the Fit Chick" from Bicycling magazine, has joined Patrick Brady of Red Kite Prayer as co-host of the Paceline Podcast.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Rich Cook, the former development director for IMBA, has joined the Davis Phinney Foundation as its new director of development.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits / People

LONG BEACH, Calif. (BRAIN) — Zwift, the indoor cycling and running platform, has acquired the commercial rights to manufacture and distribute footpods previously manufactured under the Milestone Sports brand.

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions
Chinese-made bearings of many varieties will be hit with a 25 percent tariff starting July 6, increasing pressure on component makers to raise prices.

LOUISVILLE, Colo. (BRAIN) — When you buy 5,000 pounds of aluminum every day, you notice quickly when the cost per pound goes up 20 percent — or more — in a matter of months.

Dave Batka, the owner of Wheels Manufacturing, is noticing.

Tagged Trade/tariffs
The show's Open Air District offers a fresh air experience during the show

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Interbike has announced the addition of a new featured area of the expo located just outside the doors of the Reno Sparks Convention Center.

Tagged Interbike

AURORA, Ontario (BRAIN) — Three companies have purchased parts of BionX Canada following a three-month search for a buyer.

WATERLOO, Wis. (BRAIN) — Trek Bicycle — which has already pledged $1 million to the high school mountain bike racing league — is expanding its planned donation program.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy has signed a three-class e-bike law, similar to the industry-supported legislation enacted in nine other states.

Tagged Electric bike

PHOENIX (BRAIN) — Serfas said it will allow its authorized dealers to sell through Amazon as long as they sell under the name registered on their dealer agreement and they follow the brand's guidelines and MAP policy.

Tagged MAP
Photo: Tony Donaldson

LOS ANGELES (BRAIN) — The Los Angeles Police Department has announced a pilot program, part of the department's Green initiative, that includes a fleet of 20 Bulls Sentinel e-bikes. 

Tagged Electric bike
The industry is scrambling after the Trump administration includes e-bikes on its list of proposed tariffs.

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — The U.S. bike industry has been drafted into the trade war between China and the U.S.

Tagged Electric bike / Trade/tariffs
The Stages Dash

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — China-made bicycle GPS units are expected to see a significant price increase in the coming months due to a 25 percent tariff imposed by the Trump adminstration.

Tagged Trade/tariffs

WILTON, Conn. (BRAIN) — Cycling Sports Group has signed Aspire Sports to take over distribution of Cannondale, GT Bicycles, Fabric and Mongoose products for the 2019 model year, ending CSG's distribution through Mali Bicycle Technology.

Tagged Distributor news

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — The Bicycle Product Suppliers Association plans two new e-bike training programs for retailers. 

The BPSA board approved the programs at a recent meeting here.

Tagged Electric bike / Advocacy/Non-profits / Retailer education

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